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Friday, 1 June, 2001, 23:22 GMT 00:22 UK
Lloyd Webber brothers' debut duet
Lloyd Webbers: Julian (left) and Andrew
Lloyd Webbers: Julian (left) and Andrew rehearsing
Cellist Julian Lloyd Webber and his brother, composer Andrew have performed live together for the first time to celebrate Julian's 50th birthday.

Andrew described Julian as "one of the great cellists of our time" ahead of the gala event at London's Royal Albert Hall on Friday.

Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber
Andrew: "Not one of the great pianists of our time"
The concert, which saw the musicians perform excerpts from Julian's album Lloyd Webber Plays Lloyd Webber, raised money for the Prince's Trust.

Andrew said the pair have never performed together before because his piano playing is not good enough.

"My brother very wisely has decided to keep me off the concert platform," he said.

"The public normally ask for their money back, you see."

"He is simply one of the great cellists of our time and I am simply not one of the great pianists of our time."

The duo played hit songs from Andrew's musicals Cats and The Beautiful Game.

Julian Lloyd Webber at Westminster station
Julian busked at Westminster tube station
The show also included pieces by their late father William Lloyd Webber, entitled Invocation and Aurora.

Julian performed Sir Andrew's Theme and Variations - made famous as the opening music to the South Bank Show.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Barry Wordsworth, backed Julian on Elgar's Cello Concerto.

He was out raising money last month in aid of the Prince's Trust when he took to the London underground to busk.

Playing music composed by Andrew, he performed at Westminster tube station.

This followed a change in the council's bye-laws allowing musicians to busk on the network with prior permission.

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